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Nanotechnology Research and Development Infrastructure

The National Nanotechnology Initiative has a robust research infrastructure with user facilities and multidisciplinary research and education centers across the United States.
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Responsible Development of Nanotechnology

As a goal of the NNI since inception, responsible development includes understanding potential environmental, health, and safety (EHS) implications of nanomaterials as well as the ethical, legal, and societal implications (ELSI) of nanotechnology.
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Nanotechnology Commercialization

NNI agencies are collaborating with industry to facilitate the commercialization of federally funded nanotechnology discoveries.
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Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives and Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office leads two major efforts to enhance coordination and collaboration among the participating agencies of the National Nanotechnology Initiative and to engage with the public: Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives and Nanotechnology-Enabled Grand Challenges.
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Nanotechnology Research and Development Infrastructure

Under the National Nanotechnology Initiative, several participating agencies have built or supported the development of user facilities and have established and developed multidisciplinary research and education centers across the United States.
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Responsible Development of Nanotechnology

With the advent of new technologies, including nanotechnology, one should consider both potential benefits and unintended risks to human health and the environment that might accompany development.
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Events

Image of a meetingThe NNI sponsors a wide range of nanotechnology-related meetings, workshops and symposia to advance knowledge, inform and educate the public, and to assess the progress of research concerning the emerging technology’s potential environmental, health, and safety (EHS) implications.

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What's So Special about the Nanoscale?

Simply put, materials can have different properties and can function in unique ways when structured at the nanoscale.

Nanoscale particles are not new in either nature or science. However, the recent leaps in areas such as microscopy have given scientists new tools to understand and take advantage of phenomena that occur naturally when matter is organized at the nanoscale. In essence, these phenomena are based on "quantum effects" and other simple physical effects such as expanded surface area (more on these below).

Educational Resources

A highly skilled and motivated workforce with increasingly more knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will be required to ensure America’s global competitiveness. Over the past 15 years, the Federal government has invested over $22 billion in R&D under the auspices of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) to understand and control matter at the nanoscale and develop applications that benefit society.

Nanotechnology Timeline

This timeline features Premodern example of nanotechnology, as well as Modern Era discoveries and milestones in the field of nanotechnology.

Premodern Examples of Nanotechnologies

Early examples of nanostructured materials were based on craftsmen’s empirical understanding and manipulation of materials. Use of high heat was one common step in their processes to produce these materials with novel properties.

Fact Sheet: Environmental, Health, and Safety Research (2010)

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Fri, 10/12/2007

The Federal commitment to nanotechnology-related EHS research dates back to the inception of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the multi-agency framework created in 2001 to coordinate Federal nanotechnology research and development (R&D).

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The Federal commitment to nanotechnology-related EHS research dates back to the inception of the NNI.